The Little house that grew… January 03 2014, 0 Comments

The little house that grew … was purchased with a vision.. the builder a young man.. who saw potential.. it was a mere 350 square feet.. in a great location.. in Kingston,  Ontario..  The builder.. who has been building homes for a number of years

He chose to use the current house as the foot print for the new one.. adding on and up rather that a complete tear down.. Now it has taken a few years to complete.. busy working for others and building their dream homes and working on his in his spare time.

Here is the original house…

nicks houes

The little house is now… approx.  1975 ft..  I have had the privilege of being involved with the project from the start and offering a few suggestions… and now I have been asked to stage the house to be featured in a new Kingston Home Magazine that will premier this spring.. very exciting for both of us..

All the walls in the house are painted pure white.. the house is roomy  and very bright so rather than chop up the space  with wall colour we chose pure white.. we did not use  any trim around the windows.. wanted to it be clean and simple, we opted for dry wall return…..Hardwood flooring  was used in the throughout the  house and I have opted to  use area rugs. I love Oriental Carpets.. they are not everyone’s cup of tea… but with a an eclectic mix it works well..

The house now as 3 bedrooms 3 bathrooms.. plus a family room loft….with fireplace ….

The main floor has and entry /sitting room , dinning room and kitchen with garden doors to the backyard…

I am using a mix of modern/vintage and traditional items to decorate the home… I love an eclectic look.. I think it gives a space a personality , rather than a cookie cutter look..and much easier on the budget..

We will be painting furniture with decorative paint from Annie Sloan.. and some of the colours will be mixed to complement the furnishings.. to give it a custom look…

Decorating with a minimal budget makes one very creative and  I think sometimes these are my favorite projects because it makes you think out of the box.. A challenge when you live in small community where there is not always a lot of surplus furniture .. but it is very is a lot of hunting and gathering.. and there where the fun is.. much simpler when you are doing your own , I have to admit I have a little stash for occasion like this when I am in a pinch..

I  use as much art on the walls as possible , it does not have to be a Picasso.. art does not have to match the sofa or any other piece of furniture it should be something that you love and says something to you.. You can mix landscapes with portraits with a mix of modern.. it make for an interesting collection.

For the sitting area on the main floor.

I chose and Oriental Carpet for the wood floor which has a dark stain.

living room carpet

Two Custom covered wing chairs in black/white ticking fabric.


I am sewing some lumbar cushions for the seats.. they are down filled .. 12×18 inserts.. the inserts will be on the Melon Patch on line shop and available for purchase in the store as well..


I am using a dark grey/black melon type wool for these and will be repeating the same fabric in the upstairs loft/family room..

I am working on a  budget and time is crucial…. normally I would order the fabric..  so I had to improvise shopping is limited in Kingston..   will share that with you in another post…

The coffee table is a  small mid-century modern table custom painted with decorative paint by Annie Sloan with clear wax.. I choose to mix the colours 2 parts Pairs Grey and 1 Part Old White.. I wanted to compliment the carpet and chair fabric. the table has a dark glass top.

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Until next time Elizabeth

April 9th 2012 April 09 2012, 0 Comments

Hello all I hope you had a Happy Easter for the  most part mine was wonderful spent a lovely day at my Son's house on Sunday.

Just an update I have had two viruses hit my computer in one week, the first one not so bad we managed to save most things, but the second one took everything including a lot of old e-mails we are in the process of trying to recover them , so a busy next couple of days.

If you have not heard from me I have not won the lottery or on vacation just trying to figure all this out, we should be up an running with the old e-mails etc. in the the next day or so.

Until next time


Old Hardware March 24 2012, 0 Comments

If you have hinges and hardware that you want to keep but they are covered in Paint have look at the  Urban Cottage blogspot, they have an article on how to do it without harsh chemicals.

Until next time, Elizabeth...

Mossy Green ( Nancy's Green) February 28 2012, 0 Comments

I love this Mossy Green look it was my inspiration to play with the Annie Sloan Paint Colours
I Mixed 2 parts Old White, 2 Parts Chateau Grey and 1 Part Olive.

I then waxed the piece with a combination of clear and dark wax together

I used 1/2 dark wax and 1/2 clear wax. Remember if you are making a mixture of wax to label it and to store in an non-flammable metal container.

I really should call this colour Nancy's Green I have friend who loves it more than I do , she not only has it in her home but wears it too..

Unntil Next Time



Corbels February 22 2012, 0 Comments

Corbels come in many shapes and forms , you can buy new ones or find old ones at antique stores  .  In our area a great source is Legacy Hardware

I found this desk that was done by Sara Richardson , who if you have seen her T.V shows shops at Legacy Hardware.

Great little project for Chalk Paint , in this photo the colours that would work well from Annie Sloan Colours. Pure White and Primer Red.

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Home Decor January 07 2012, 0 Comments

Home Decor , is an evolving process , allow yourself the patience  and will come together  in time,especially if you like to take an active role in the decorating.

While you are working on your decor,  remember that it is the finishing touches that add the WOW that take a plain Jane room , from Ordinary to Extraordinary!

Mirrors area  great way to allow more light into a space.

Lighting is more is often more than a finishing touch and because is makes such a statement it should be incoporated into a design scheme from the beginning.

Pillows  provide, colour, comfort and a  perfect way to decorate a room seasonally and shifting the colour balance.

Flowers are the jewelry of the home. A few fresh flowers make it feel like home and brighten any corner. It can be just a few sprigs from the garden or the grocery store.

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Painting Furniture January 05 2012, 0 Comments

One of the many beauties of Annie Sloan paint is that you can paint all year round. Since there is no priming , stripping , or sanding and it is low voc ( volatile organic compound i.e nasty toxic smell ) you can paint all year round. You don't even need a special room.

Painted furniture will spice up your room and decorate your space with minimum disruption or expense.

Your pieces can be




Did you know that painting furniture will  disguise imperfections in furniture that has seen better days and it will also make for an uplifting colour statement.

Until next time


Words to live , love and decorate by November 02 2011, 0 Comments

1. Find your passion, I am not a rich person , I don't always get my hair cut on time, I travel little unless it is to see my daughter. My idea of a good time is going to an auction or a flea market.

2.Test your limits I took a big chance being the first retailer to bring Annie Sloan Paints into Canada. I had just signed the contract and the building I moved back to was supposed to be sold and the buyers walked out on the deal . I had paint coming and moving at the same time, it was not my best summer and I am still here maybe a little tired and ready for the next adventure.

3. Embrace imperfections, I am in the design business and have been for sometime and always said I had a wash and wear house. My kids were able to be in every part of the house. We did not wait for the kids to leave to have great stuff, we  surrounded our  home  with great finds at auctions and antiques stores, sometimes they were in great shape other times a little sad, but they made our home a  home. Now that my children are grown I see the exposure they had to interesting things , makes their homes interesting and unique. I always say they got the smarts from their Dad and their eclectic tastes from me.

4. Don't wait for tomorrow , if you can do it now. Life changes quickly and without warning and my motto is no regrets.My husband became ill and our lives changed within 24 hours for ever. I am glad we moved to the farm  that was our dream form our early age, if we had waited to retire he would not realized the dream we had , short as it was it made our lives rich and brought us closer together and each day I am more grateful for the chance we took and happy that I am still able to stay here in the country.

The business of retail is always a challenge , ( the supplies are sometimes late, the contractor that I hired to do the tear out or the put in does not always get done one time, sometimes the colour is wrong or the supplier sent the wrong item)but one thing I know for sure it that there are some really amazing people out there, and I have met more with the Annie Sloan Paints. Great conversations and the excitement when the paint arrives and when someone paints their first piece is special. Thanks for sharing with me.

In the New Year I will be teaching techniques with the Annie Sloan Paints  and will be travelling to different areas. Since Kingston is quite a distance from some of you I am looking at different locations , that will be central  to some of you. I have been certified to teach the Annie Sloan techniques and am hoping to go to England to take another course with Annie , so I can share with all of first hand, what I learned.

If you are interested in taking a course ,they will be one-day  technique oriented , drop me a line so I know where the area of interests are, email

until next time


Birthday Trip September 08 2011, 0 Comments

I had a surprise long weekend trip to Cambridge Mass, my daughter is doing and internship there and she surprised me with a Birthday trip for the weekend. This is a big Birthday for me , but it is just a number and I am past worrying about it.

She rented the cutes car a Fiat 500 the interior was red , grey and cream, we zipped all over the place in it.

I have been to New England before , but this time all I could see were Annie Sloan colours everywhere. Here are few of the pictures

This is the front door to Jennifer's apartment , don't you think it looks like Emile?

I have painted the front door at the Melon Patch Graphite and  I think I will repaint the front door at home after this trip.


The new colours French Linen, Cocoa  and White should be here by the 20th of September.



Wednesday August 31 2011, 0 Comments

I have 20 hand coloured Annie Sloan Colour Charts in stock.
They will include 3 or the new colours Coco, Grey Linen and Pure White.
The price is $10.00 which includes postage and handling , remember they are HAND PAINTED chips, time consuming to produce and they will give you the true colour.

If you would like one please send me an e-mail with phone number.

From the House of Turquoise, inspirational photos.

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I love using colour in interiors , the colour suggestions are my interpretations from the Annie Sloan colour chart.

Until next time


Hardware August 19 2011, 0 Comments

Updating you hardware is one of the quickest and most affordable ways to to update and personalize a room or a piece of furniture. Even if you can't paint your kitchen or the chest of drawers adding some new hardware will change the look.

Glass Knobs: add a classic vinatge feel


Metal Knobs:  add a clean modern look

Ceramic Konbs: add personality and a quirky feel

I love these little Melon shaped glass knobs  Coming Soon to the Melon Patch, they will be avaliable on line and in the store.

they come in the following colours


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All these knobs have as Silver Centre

Until next time.



Inspiration etc. August 10 2011, 0 Comments

Just a few more days and I am off to take my Annie Sloan Certification.

I am looking forward to the class and learning  new techniques to share with you. In the meantime Virginia Weathersby  has a great tutorial on Distressing Furniture with Annie Sloan Paint, at as well as a visual there is written text .

We are moved in and this week and next is devoted to organizing the store, we have had a few visitors to pick up paint , even though there are not regular store hours , we can make arrangements to meet with you for paint pick ups etc.

The Annie  Sloan colour Versailles

This is a soft declicate yellowed dusky green that is sophisticated and gentle  and it works well with traditional and modren pieces. This is a colour which picks up other colours well and changes character acccordingly. Works well with pinks, creams and whites.  The colour looks back to the French court of Versilles and is wondeftul with turquouies blues, duck blues and  I found it work well with the modren brown French Roast from C2 paints

C2 paints for walls are another favorite of mine, because they are low voc ( volotaile organic compound ) and the paint is made of finely ground  artists grade pigments  that create  luminosity and depth.

I have paired the Versallies  and French Roast with the pattern Elana colour: #1 Mermaid from Mawell Fabrics for inspiration

Elana : is 54.7 inches wide the repeat is V-15.2" and H-13.1"  The origin of the fabric is India and it is 62% silk /38% polyester. This would make wonderful cushions or drapes .

If you would like any information on any of these  e-mail me at  or feel free to call the store at 613-881-0165

Until next time



Just a reminder that no paint will be shipped from Aug 12 to the 18th and the Old White and waxes, will be in when I return.